“I’m just a girl from California who tries to make a difference in the world,” said actress Lauren Potter after welcoming the crowd with a “We Are!” chant.
Potter, best known for her role as Becky Jackson on the television show “Glee,” spoke to a Penn State crowd last night at the Hosler Building about her experience as an actress with Down syndrome.
“When I was 3, I dreamed about being on stage, being an actress,” said Potter, 24. “There were people who told me I would never be able to do it, but I only paid attention to those who told me I could.”
Since Potter joinedthe cast of “Glee”, she said the show has not only given her a wonderful opportunity, but has also given her a voice.
“I was bullied when I was a kid; pushed down face first in sand,” said Potter. “I don’t want any kid or adult to go through that so I have been using my voice to speak out in a fight to stop bullying.”
Potter told the crowd how her and her co-star, Jane Lynch, have been on a mission to end the use of the “R” word and put a stop to bullying.
“Bullying hurts and kills dreams,” said Potter. “We all need to stand up for each other so we can live in a world where people don’t hurt others with words or actions and so we can live in a world where we all live together without having to be afraid of being judged, afraid of being bullied, afraid of failing or afraid of dreaming.”
Potter explained that because of her role on “Glee,” she has had the chance to speak up for others and encourage them to pursue their dreams, regardless of what people say they can or can’t do.
Since “Glee” has completed its run after six seasons, Potter told the crowd she has had a blast working with everyone in the cast.
“I will miss the entire cast who have become my ‘Glee’ family,” said Potter.
Although her career as Becky Jackson on “Glee” has come to a close, her acting career has not. She in appeared in the movie “Guest Room,” and is hoping to get a part in the television show “Once Upon a Time.”
“I have overcome a lot of challenges in my life, but I am so lucky to be able to be living out my dreams today,” said Potter.
Potter left the crowd with a message: “Never stop daring to dream and never stop reaching for the stars. Love yourself today, you were born this way.”